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Casa Rio

$$ - $$$
Downtown
Mexican, Southwestern, Latin, Spanish
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430 E Commerce St, San Antonio, TX 78205-2652
+1 210-225-6718
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11:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Cincinnati, Ohio
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11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

A good choice for lunch. Enjoyed the food. Plentiful, good price. Good location. I had the combination plate. Locals eat here I was told by a store keeper.

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Lyndhurst, New Jersey
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27 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Good and plentiful Mexican food on the Riverwalk. We ate there twice since we enjoyed it so much. Staff is attentive and courteous. Usually has a waitlist, but if you eat inside it moves faster. We actually preferred the inside for its Mexican feel.

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Lake Zurich, Illinois
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21 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The waitress told me Casa Rio was the 1st restaurant that existed on the River Walk. I ordered a mixed platter of entrees and expected more though it was OK. My wife was not pleased with her enchilada's as they were very thick and heavy. The chips and salsa were welcome, crispy and tasty. The service was excellent and it's... More 

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Denver, Colorado
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12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Love their food! Love their margaritas! And nothing like sitting outside on the Riverwalk. Worth the wait which turned out not to be very long.

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Kansas City, Missouri
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29 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Heard that this was the RiverWalk's oldest Mexican,so wanted to try it. Don't do it! Had to wait an hour fit a table then food was just basic cheese ladened food. Could have gotten similar food (or even better) in any strip mall in the US. The only good thing,to make it better was that it was cheap. Service was... More 

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Kingsport, Tennessee, United States
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16 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

I know many people would disagree however it was so refreshing to see a menu that was only two panels long. If only other restaurants would adopt this mentality it could revolutionize Mexican restaurants. Beyond that, it was great!!!

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Austin, Texas
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76 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The best part about this restaurant is the location. We sat outdoors right on the Riverwalk. Between the 4 of us we ordered a chili relleno, chalupa, enchilada, queso to go with our chips, margarita and tamales. Overall the food was bland and kind of slopped the plate like a cafeteria. No presentation what so ever. The highlight was the... More 

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Toledo, Ohio
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76 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Walked all around the riverwalk, a great place, and stopped here for lunch. The chips and salsa they bring out before are awesome and the food was very good. Just don't make the mistake I did and feed the ducks, they won't leave you alone.

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Santa Rosa Beach, Florida
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438 reviews
309 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 172 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Pretty good Mex food here. We found everything to be fresh, fast and very tasty. There are so many Mex restaurants on the Riverwalk but this is one that should be put on the "to do" list.

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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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33 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We ate here on the Saturday after Thanksgiving in the evening. We had 10 people. We were able to put our name on the waiting online. It worked well because we didn't have to stand around waiting. We left our hotel when they texted us and the table was ready when we arrived. We got a nice table on the... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$20
Cuisine
Mexican, Southwestern, Latin, Spanish
Meals
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Kids, Special occasions, Families with children, Local cuisine, Scenic view, Dining on a budget, Large groups
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 430 E Commerce St, San Antonio, TX 78205-2652
  • Location: United States  >  Texas (TX)  >  San Antonio>  > Downtown
  • Neighborhood: Downtown
  • Phone Number: +1 210-225-6718
Description
Over the centuries, all who found their way to this area have been blessed by the river and the abundance of life that its water has provided. For the native American hunters and gatherers, the numerous deer, bear, mountain lions, alligators, raccoons, squirrels, cats, coyote and javelinas provided ample meat along with fish and water fowl.


The Spaniards, exploring their way north out of Mexico through deserts and semi-arid South Texas, found the timber, fertile soil, and clear water well suited for their purposes of settlement and colonization. The river, first named St. Anthony de Padua, was soon diverted into channels and acequias for irrigation of fields and household use.


The first bridge built to span the river was here at Commerce Street. The priests at the Alamo were afraid the easy access by the soldiers from the garrison would endanger the women of the mission. The bugle call of "El Deguello", from Santa Anna's army came from these banks. It signaled, no quarters, utter destruction, and no mercy for the defenders of the Alamo.


As the mission period gave way to a more established society, the river was used for numerous bath houses natatoriums, breweries, and mills. San Antonio began a romance with the river with festivals, fairs, parties and picnics on the banks.

The restaurant founded in 1946 by Alfred F. Beyer, sits on land first granted title in 1777 by the King of Spain. The Spanish Colonial period hacienda became the core of the new business. The cedar door and window lintels, the fireplace, and thick rock walls, are still evident inside the building.

Casa Rio was the first San Antonio business to open its doors to the River and take advantage of the River's setting. Canoes, gondolas, and paddle boats, evolving into tour and dinner boats, began here and helped create the Riverwalk of today.

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